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April 17, 2006

Executions on track for NC and Virginia

Though lethal injection litigation has disrupted execution plans in California and Florida and Missouri and in the federal system, legal developments in North Carolina and Virginia today keep those states on track to go forward with executions scheduled for later this month.

UPDATE: Thanks to a helpful reader, I can now link to this 7-page order from Judge Howard approving North Carolina's tweaked execution protocol.  Here is the key concluding paragraph:

The State's use of the BIS monitor, the execulion team's resulting awareness of the level of consciousness of the plaintiff, and the administration, if necessary, of additional quantities of sodium pentothal to ensure that plaintiff is unconscious prior to the administration of lethal drugs, together satisfies this court that defendants have substantially complied with the terms of the court's April 7, 2006 order, and that the balance of hardships under Blackwelder now favors the State and counsels against issuance of a preliminary injunction and stay in this case.

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